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Strength & Conditioning Classes are based on ‘Strength in Motion’. We use Interval and Circuit training to mimic the energy system used in competition. Come in and get an awesome workout and feel invigorated and develop the stamina of a fighter. Workouts are every Tues & Thurs at 6:15pm with 6am Bootcamp workouts every Tues & Thurs morning.
Strength to a fighter is a necessary attribute to have. Jiu-Jitsu Competitors, Combat Athletes, Martial Artists, and MMA Fighters should work to build strength, on a regular basis. Strength helps to execute Martial Arts techniques, helps to protect from potential injury, and helps to defend against an opponent or attacker.
Having sufficient strength lays a foundation for all the other attributes required for the fight or for the MMA competition. Strength is half the equation for Power (Strength x Speed = Power). Not only is physical strength needed, but mental strength (Fortitude), emotional strength (Determination), and spiritual strength (never quit attitude).
A lot of Martial Arts athletes misinterpret the idea of using ‘strength over technique’. They try not to use any strength but find that their techniques suffer. What is really meant when they say, “Do not use strength, use technique”, is to use strength to fuel the technique. If you find yourself ‘Straining’ to execute a Martial Arts technique, then your technique is off and you are over compensating with too much strength.
There are different types of strengths as I touched on. I think the ones at the top of the list for the combat athletes, the Martial Artists are, in no particular order:
As strength is so necessary to the fighter and the competitor, so is stamina, endurance, and conditioning. It’ s more than important, it is critical. So, hear this: As important as strength is to a martial artist, it is useless without conditioning. Once the MMA fighter starts to succumb to fatigue in training or the fight, their strength starts to wane and eventually goes.
In our fitness classes, here at Excel Jiu Jitsu MMA & Fitness Oceanside, we pattern our workouts and exercise classes, after the energy of a fight. Conditioning of a fighter is what we are going after. Like Crossfit type workouts, we use interval training, with circuit style workouts to mimic the energy patterns used in a fight or sport MMA match.
Many athletes think that conditioning is just physical but just like strength, conditioning has a variety of types. There is Physical conditioning, Mental conditioning, and Emotional Conditioning. Many athletes just focus on the physical aspect. But no matter the sport (Boxing, Judo, Karate, Kung Fu, Wrestling, Taekwondo, etc.), without the Mental & Emotional conditioning the Physical Conditioning has no power. No amount of physical conditioning can make up for psychological weakness.
The way to train all aspects of Strength & Conditioning of a combat athlete, whether it’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Karate, Boxing, Judo, or MMA, is to mimic the fight energy. Interval & circuit training is a way to get some strength along with conditioning in the same workout. In Mixed Martial Arts you will also need to train your strength as a fighter and not as strength of a bodybuilder.
Your conditioning is to be trained as a fighter and not as a marathoner or in the extreme opposite, in a leisurely way. At Excel Jiu Jitsu & MMA Academy (Oceanside), we use free weights, medicine balls, kettlebells, strength bands, exercise sand bags, bodyweight exercise with plyometrics, and the bodyweight of your training partner.
These are just a few modalities; there are many more. This short article just scratches the surface of Strength & Conditioning of a combat athlete. Just know, once you train in this manner of Circuit & Interval, Crossfit style of training, you will prefer this method to get you ready for your next fight.